|USA||THREE CHARGED WITH FALSE SEX-ABUSE CLAIMS|
Three people, including a mother and son, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that they fabricated claims of sexual abuse against an ex-priest accused of sexually molesting scores of children over four decades.
Sean Murphy, 35, and his mother, Sylvia Murphy, 57, and Byron Worth, 41, of Ashburnham are charged with making the claims in an attempt to defraud the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston of $A1.4 million.
John Geoghan, who is now retired, has been the target of more than 70 lawsuits by former parishioners in several Boston-area parishes who say they were victims of his sexual misconduct. The archdiocese has reportedly paid dozens of Geoghan's victims amounts totaling between $A4 million and $A16 million.
According to the attorney general's office, Sean Murphy submitted two false claims seeking a total of $1.4 million from the archdiocese after saying that he and his brother were molested by Geoghan when they were children. Worth also submitted a false claim alleging childhood abuse, officials said.
Police said they later determined that at the time of the alleged abuse Murphy and Worth did not live in the communities where they said they had been abused.